So...I'm expecting "DearElders" from EVERYONE about your experiences in Taiwan! I'm so excited for you all! Even you Mikell, though I imagine this hasn't been the easiest week with all you're goodbyes...I'm not even in the field and I already feel like I won't want to go home quite yet in 2 years! It's just not enough time!!!
As for me here and now, however, all is swell! Recently I've learned a LOT! Not just Spanish, but also in teaching. One of my biggest struggles teaching is I feel like I have the perfect answer all the time and I end up talking WAY too much in lessons! With help from my companions (and as I help them with their goals as well), I'm getting better at helping the investigators we teach to learn to find their OWN answers through inspired questions (questions that you DON'T know the answer to) and guiding them in how to obtain revelation through prayer and scripture study and experimenting on the word. That's how it works in the gospel and it's so cool! We don't need to answer questions when we teach, we're supposed to help people find out for themselves!
We got a second district last Wednesday with 6 Elders and 4 Hermanas and a third district yesterday with 10 Elders! Our Zone went from 7 to 23 missionaries in just more than a week! The work of the Lord truly is unstoppable and flows forth more forcefully each day! I love being a part of this army of "Christian Soldiers" marching onward to bring joy and fulfillment to God's children throughout the world! I hope I can make a real difference in people's lives (that's really all that keeps me motivated and productive through the hours and hours of studying)! Love you all so much and can't wait to hear about all your adventures in St. George!!!
Love and thanks for all your examples!
Elder Mathew Smith
P.S. I want reports from everyone specifically regarding the moments when Mikell 1) First saw Mom and Dad 2) First saw the boys and 3) Found out you had all moved and are building a house :)